Author: Flo Bannigan

Phenomenal Creature – ‘Vettenvalvoja’ (album premiere)

Phenomenal Creature – ‘Vettenvalvoja’ (album premiere)

Hailing from Helsinki, Finland, Phenomenal Creature claim a modern folk genre, but deliver well beyond its traditional boundaries.There’s a touch of rock, a snippet of classical, a moment of punk and even a sprinkling of electro, delivered through strings of all sizes. Yet the sound they offer on Vettenvalvoja has an almost-live quality, achieved through the old-school expedient of recording […]

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Jeanes – ‘Sleeping Leaves’ (EP review)

Jeanes – ‘Sleeping Leaves’ (EP review)

As the Northern Hemisphere moves through a lazy spring into a long-awaited summer, it’s good to be immersed in music that draws inspiration from the magic of nature. Sleeping Leaves may be the debut EP from Jeanes but, like all good things, it’s taken time to gestate and develop. It’s been 30 years, in fact, with the first ideas emerging as […]

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Callum Pitt – “Least He’s Happy” (single premiere)

Callum Pitt – “Least He’s Happy” (single premiere)

Hot on the heels of his debut single, “You’d Better Sell It While You Can”, released just a few short months ago, Callum Pitt is sending out his second offering. With an arrangement that takes “catchy” to a whole new level, “Least He’s Happy” is a feel-good phenomenon for foot-tapping dance-along fans everywhere. We are delighted to premiere it here […]

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Louis Barabbas – ‘Jocasta: A Musical Tragedy’ (album review)

Louis Barabbas – ‘Jocasta: A Musical Tragedy’ (album review)

Some stories are timeless. Oedipus, Hamlet, Star Wars, Harry Potter. The underlying themes are resolutely tragic and the leading characters resolutely masculine. Louis Barabbas, whose band The Bedlam Six released their swansong album Down Down Down back in 2016, combines his love of the classics with attention to contemporary political intrigue to create an epic, 31-track, feminist-oriented, double album. How […]

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Mark Blacknell – “The Marching Parade” (single premiere)

Mark Blacknell – “The Marching Parade” (single premiere)

Songwriters write songs. Filmmakers make films. Being both a songwriter and filmmaker, Mark Blacknell fuses visual with audio in his forthcoming single, “The Marching Parade”, which we are delighted to premiere it here today. With over 15 years as a musician, Mark’s eclectic personal history as a war veteran and conservationist informs his style. From the marching rhythm of snares […]

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Bobby Uzóma – “Alone” (single premiere)

Bobby Uzóma – “Alone” (single premiere)

We picked out Bobby Uzóma’s forthcoming EP as one of 2017’s most anticipated records back at the start of the year. Then we waited and still are waiting. The EP is still a work in progress, and we completely understand that good things take time. In the meantime, we’re delighted that Bobby has decided to reward our patience with a […]

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Halcyon – “Tongue-Tied” (single premiere)

Halcyon – “Tongue-Tied” (single premiere)

What do you do when you graduate Unversity? Grow up? Get a proper job? Put the drums in the loft and leave the guitar to gather dust in the corner? Not necessarily… As actor Jim Carrey remarked, “You can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love”, so Brighton-based […]

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Brady Toops – ‘Tried & True’ (album review)

Brady Toops – ‘Tried & True’ (album review)

Our premiere of the signature single “Carolina” from Brady Toops’ sophomore album Tried & True praised his strong yet authentic vocals. Was it too much to expect that the rest of the album would deliver the same quality? After all, the single release usually showcases the artist’s best work, and Brady had set the bar high. He does not disappoint. […]

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Fanny And The Atta Boys – ‘A Peck Of Dirt’ (album premiere)

Fanny And The Atta Boys – ‘A Peck Of Dirt’ (album premiere)

Combine a hefty dose of nostalgia with a mix of jazz and toe-tapping rhythms and you’ve got yourself A Peck Of Dirt, the brand new album from Fanny And The Atta Boys. Released on March 24 with support from Heyday Media Group, this is an album of sounds that are sure to pack any old-time dance floor, and we are […]

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DIDI – “Sorry” (single premiere)

DIDI – “Sorry” (single premiere)

In the music industry, the dividing line between those behind the mixing desk and those behind the mike can seem like the boundary between two nations. Different cultures, different personalities, even different languages. The divide is gendered, too, with far fewer women in the engineering and producing space, so a successful female producer who transitions to performer is bound to […]

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Sharon Lazibyrd – ‘Opium Of The Masses’

Sharon Lazibyrd – ‘Opium Of The Masses’

Contemporary folk draws influences from all over, and none more so than the work of Sharon Lazibyrd, previously one half of duo The Lazibyrds. Calling on musicals, music hall and everything from Julian Cope to English folk, Sharon’s EP Opium Of The Masses showcases her beautifully naive vocal style, layered, traditional arrangements and compelling story-telling. It’s no surprise to find […]

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Kiirstin Marilyn – “She” (single and video premiere)

Kiirstin Marilyn – “She” (single and video premiere)

Having tipped Kiirstin Marilyn’s forthcoming release Worldly Affairs in our Most Anticipated Albums list for 2017, it’s good to see her releasing the signature single on 14 March, right on schedule, and we are delighted to premiere it here. “She” is a song with a story, which is not surprising as Kiirstin is well known for placing political activism at […]

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Johnno Casson aka Snippet – ‘Future Melancholy Pop Music’ (album review)

Johnno Casson aka Snippet – ‘Future Melancholy Pop Music’ (album review)

Acquiring the title of “National Treasure” can be a double-edged sword. A bit like a Lifetime Achievement Award, it implies that the best is in the past. But when it is offered with the respect and affection of BBC veteran music presenter Tom Robinson, it’s an accolade any musician would be proud to accept. Enter Johnno Casson, aka Snippet and […]

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Debs McCoy – ‘For David’

Debs McCoy – ‘For David’

There are many reasons why musicians are moved to write and record. Creating art comes from the heart, the soul, and the moment of inspiration. Often it can be a way to release emotion and express meaning beyond words. This collection of piano-led pieces, brought together by composer Debs McCoy in her album, For David, emerged when her dear friend […]

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APHRA – “Sadness Is A Gesture”

APHRA – “Sadness Is A Gesture”

Any brand-new label would be excited by their first release. Newbies Inherent Sounds have every right to be proud to kick off their roster with Sadness Is A Gesture from APHRA, the electropop alter-ego of Philadelphia’s Rebecca Waychunas. With unexpected depth to her music, Rebecca explains “Most people would listen to my songs and assume it’s about boy meets girl, […]

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Brady Toops – “Carolina” (video premiere)

Brady Toops – “Carolina” (video premiere)

The transition from pro baseball player to reality TV star to successful singer-songwriter may seem to encompass everything that anyone could ever want from life. By 2015, Brady Toops had achieved all this and more, yet there was something missing. He reveals: I think I had slowly lost heart, and didn’t realize it. The youthful zeal of my 20s had […]

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Kate Dimbleby – “Songbirds”

Kate Dimbleby – “Songbirds”

Think of a capella music and you may well bring to mind Pitch Perfect, The Flying Pickets or The Roches. What you won’t expect is the complex variation provided by singer-songwriter Kate Dimbleby in Songbirds. Whilst this is her sixth studio album, it’s the first that she considers to be truly herself – “Everything laid bare.” Songbirds is the product of […]

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Raphael Doyle – “Never Closer”

Raphael Doyle – “Never Closer”

The build-up for Never Closer has been intense, in part because of UK Somgwriter and Broadcaster Tom Robinson’s introduction and updates on the album’s Pledge Music site, but also through the impact of Raphael’s intensely confessional poem “I Come From Ireland”, released as an early single and reviewed in our Saturday Sampler here. Would the album live up to expectations? […]

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Albert Man – “Nothing Of Nothing Much”

Albert Man – “Nothing Of Nothing Much”

Received with critical acclaim, Albert Man‘s 2016 album, Cheap Suit, placed him at the forefront of London’s gig circuit and generated praise from the BBC Radio’s Head of Music. We also gave it an in-depth review along with an interview with the man himelf, so we’ve been eagerly awaiting his next release. It comes in the shape of an EP, […]

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Tourists – “Masquerade” (single premiere)

Tourists – “Masquerade” (single premiere)

UK band Tourists may well look back on 2016 as their breakthrough year, achieving acclaim from influential tastemakers (like us!), radio airplay and stage-space to showcase their music. So the pressure is on to maintain the momentum in 2017. Less than a month into the New Year, Tourists are claiming 2017’s dream-pop zone with “Masquerade”, a six-and-a-half minute, atmospheric epic […]

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